Traveling in the broad country, it’s hard to say when is the best time to visit China. However, generally, with the variety of weather and climate, you may choose the comfortable weather in spring and autumn to go and admire the most stunning landscapes across the country; Join in the crowds in high season or save money to travel in low seasons; if you are a Chinese culture fan, the local festivals, presenting the traditions shouldn’t be missed out. On the other hand, the best time to visit China depends on the places you go and other preferences.
In a nutshell, when and where you decide to visit China, it serves up a tasty smorgasbord of jaw-dropping attractions and makes you gladly to adventure each day.
With the wide-ranging weather of hot summer and cold winter, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit China with mild climate and comfortable temperature throughout the country, especially the months of April, May, September and October. Decorated with spring flowers blossoming and golden autumn leaves falling, China seems more attractive with various amazing and picturesque scenic spots. However, before deciding when to go, you should check the China Weather to make a better preparation for the sudden change of weather.
Due to the geography, China has different weather and climate in different regions and destinations, especially the places in the north and south parts. Usually, the northern China including Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Pingyao, etc. is cold in winter with temperatures usually below 0°C and is great to visit in autumn. However, sandstorm occurs more often in spring months in some places. Southern China covering Zhangjiajie, Guilin, etc. is hot in summer and cold in winter with comfortable temperature in spring and autumn seasons. Southern Coastal China including Fujian (Xiamen), Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, etc. has find scenery and pleasant climate around the year, but rains often in spring and monsoon gathers most in summer with some heavy rains. Spring and Autumn are best time to go. There is a small temperature difference around the year. Southwest China usually refers to Sichuan (Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou), Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, etc. offers various kinds of sites for your travel at any time of the year. With mountains, plains, etc., temperatures differs a lot in this area, but cities share that similar. Northeastern China covering Harbin, Jilin, Shenyang, etc. is cold and dry in winter. The thick snow cover is terrific to play with snow. However, summer is hot and rainy. While Eastern China part refers to Shanghai, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, etc. and is nice to travel in spring and autumn, and is a little wet and cold in winter. Check the detailed weather and best time to go of the following top 14 popular destinations in China to plan your travel time to the beautiful country!
Four seasons are distinct in Beijing with hot and rainy summer as well as cold and dry winter. Many people visit Beijing in any month of the year. April to November is the best period to visit this capital city with many World Cultural Heritage sites. While Autumn from September to November is most recommended to enjoy the fabulous scenery around Great Wall and city flowers and the most comfortable weather.
Visit the best and featured highlights of Beijing in a single trip and explore the glorious past and present of Beijing in one go. Apart from Beijing's time-honored landmarks - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Great Wall, you will take a special visit to 798 Art Zone and admire the most outstanding architectures in Olympic Park.
Price from $404
Apply to Beijing Transit Visa Free Policy, including airport pick and drop off. You will make best discovery of top best cultural and historical highlights of Beijing Capital City without missing the hiking experience on Great Wall!
Price from $300
Shanghai is suitable for any time visit. It has abundant rainfall in each season and overall mild and moist around the year, especially from May to September. Spring to and autumn are most cozy and nice with blue sky to admire the glazed skyscrapers. Summer is hot and humid while winter is humid and cold with bare snow.
Explore the old and new of Shanghai, admire the past cultural heritages among the modern scrapers, meet perfect blend of traditional and urbanization
Price from $346
Explore the 3 most popular destinations of the Yangtze Delta - Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou by the fast bullet trains. Every day is connected well, without any waste of time and money.
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All seasons are suitable to travel to the ancient city to visit Terracotta Warriors and various museums. However, it is more dry than the southern China places. It is hottest and rains most in July. Spring to Autumn are the best comfortable and beautiful seasons to Xian. Summer is hot with strong UV while winter is cold with snow.
Travel the best highlights and the unique historic relics of the ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace in 3 days. This is the most classic Xian itinerary, with visits to all the bests of this ancient capital!
Price from $271
Visit the best attractions in Xian, then take a side trip to hike Mount Huashan which is famous for its thrilling hiking routes and Plank Walk.
Price from $512
Hong Kong is featured with warm and humid spring, hot and rainy summer, pleasant and sunny autumn, cool and dry winter, with an average temperature of about 73°F (23°C). May to September is the rainy season, and typhoon occurs more often in July and September. October to the next April is relatively the best popular time to discover Hong Kong with not so much heat.
Enjoy one full day trip from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry with wonderful experiences - skyline, niho, culture, history, markets, temples, shopping, casinos and much more!
Price from $707
Enjoy a contrasting exploration of prosperous Hong Kong and have a short layover in cultural and modern Guangzhou and then take a high speed train to the picturesque Guilin to get laid back at its idyllic Karst countryside spectacles!
Price from $928
The Karst landscape shows you the unique beauty of Guilin and is suitable for any time visit, especially April to November months. It has a long frost-free period, abundant sunshine, a long summer and a short winter with January and February being the coldest month but not so cold. Spring and Autumn are comfortable with warm sunshine and gentle breeze. Guilin downtown, Li River and Yangshuo are suitable to visit all year round, and rice terraces in Longsheng are distinctly fabulous from spring to autumn.
This short 4-day tour covers the three most popular destinations of Guilin - Li River, Yangshuo County and Longji Rice Terraces. Only 4 days are needed to get them all in a single trip.
Price from $391
This is the in-depth way to travel Guilin. Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji, three most popular tourist destinations with best highlights are arranged to the point to let you love the terrific sightseeing and simple life of this wonderland!
Price from $482
Yangtze River boasts different and charming scenery in each month of a year. Spring and autumn are peak seasons with comfortable weather and best splendid sightseeing in bright. Summer is nice for family trip with good discounts of the Yangtze cruise and emerald Three Gorges. Winter is nice to admire red leaves, and enjoy low price and less crowds. The port city Chongqing is hot and sultry in summer.
This Chongqing Yangtze tour is the most classic route for a single Yangtze cruise experience in China! If you want a relaxing way to relax your body and feast your eyes with countless charming natural scenery, this short cruise trip is definitely the perfect one for you.
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This 7-day tour shows you amazing natural landscape in China. You will marvel at the beautiful gorges scenery along the Yangtze River and breathtaking scenery in the World of Avatar in Zhangjiajie.
Price from $959
It is suitable to visit Chengdu any time of year. You can enjoy yourself by hanging out leisurely in downtown, visit Giant Panda, or travel nearby Leshan Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei. The average temperature is around 16°C (61°F) and rainfall is concentrated in July and August. Summer is sultry while winter is moist and a little cold with barely snows. Emeishan and Jiuzhai Valley nearby are great for summer heat escape.
A great tour of a visual feast to explore two magnificent World Heritage Sites around Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in a leisure way, also visit the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Price from $538
This is the best tour of Sichuan's BESTS, strongly recommended for the first-timers, best deal for normal travelers, families with kids, seniors and couples. Stunning scenery, treasured culture, turbulent history.
Price from $1120
It is suitable to visit Zhangjiajie anytime but better to avoid the too cold winter months with slippery snow covered paths. Temperatures there rarely exceed 35°C (95°F) or fall below 0°C (32°F). Spring and autumn are comfortable and charming with seasonal blossoms. Summer is quite cool, making Zhangjiajie the best place to avoid summer heat. Also the magnificent stone pillars will feast your eyes in Zhangjiajie National Park; during the summer months, you can view the cloud and fog spectacle in Tianmen Mountain.
If you show interests in the natural splendid landscapes and like to take challenges, this 4 Days Zhangjiajie Exciting Tour will be your satisfactory selection.
Price from $575
This 5-day Zhangjiajie Fenghuang tour is the best way to fully make use of your time in Zhangjiajie. Admire all natural must-sees in UNESCO Zhangjiajie Forest Park with a cultural relaxation at antique Xiangxi flavored Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Price from $660
You can have different sightseeing and experience in Huangshan in four seasons. It rains more from May to August. Due to the high altitude, the spring, summer and autumn visit Yellow Mountain later than the plain areas, but winter comes earlier. Temperatures on the mountain are lower than that at the plain areas, so Yellow Mountain is popular to enjoy a pleasantly cool summer. Winter is the best time to see sea clouds, and other seasons are great to find its beauty.
Suits all kinds of travelers, especially family with kids, seniors and those who need to hike in a leisure way. Explore the best highlights of the Back Mountain, West Sea Grand Canyon and Bright Top area in 2 full days.
Price from $369
You will have a leisure tour on Huangshan Mountain to admire its archetypal granite peaks, twisted pines, beautiful cloud sea and fabulous sunrise and visit two remarkable ancient villages - Hongcun and Xidi which are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Price from $509
Hangzhou city is popular to visit all year round. There are two rainy seasons - from late June to early July and from August to September. Typhoon seldom strike it directly. Spring and autumn are the best comfortable seasons to savor the picturesque city landscape in Hangzhou. June to August are the best time for West Lake lotus flowers. And spring is best for fresh Longjing tea savory.
Collect the essence of Hangzhou natural scenery, featured culture and profound history, visit the landmark and more amazing places, experience unique Longjing Tea culture.
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The amazing 3-day trip to discover the antique and tranquil Wuzhen Water Town in day and night and the best poetic beauty of Hangzhou lakes, temples, old street, tea fields, etc.
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Yunnan is large and has several weather types varied in different areas. Usually, it is suitable to visit the top places all year round, like Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, etc. April to June and September to October are better for Shangri-La, since it rains more in summer and is cold in winter. Summer is also the best for visiting Lugu Lake. While, Xishuangbanna is great for a warm winter vacation. Yuanyang terraced fields are most beautiful from November to the next April. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended anytime for the strong UV.
Reach the place south of the colorful clouds, enter into the “Plant and Animal Kingdom”, see the magnificent mountains and plateaus, appreciate the breathtaking river and lakes, and join in minority village to enjoy ethnic culture…
Price from $915
It’s hard to comprehend all that Yunnan has to offer until you get there. This tour covers the highlights of amazing Yunnan, including TOP landscape of Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La, as well as Yuanyang Rice Terrace. Just go and explore the most aspects of our planet with us.
Price from $1859
Tibet has freezing winter and mild summer and is featured with strong sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and dry and thin air. Temperature drops as elevation rises.usually the Everest and Ngari is much colder than Lhasa, with only about 10°C in the daytime in summer. It is suitable to visit lots of top places in Tibet all year round like Gyantse, Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc., but April to October is the best to admire the most beautiful sightseeing and warm temperature.
This 4 Day Lhasa Tour is the idea trip - you will visit the most famous temples and palaces, the most authentic Tibetan culture... to catch the essence the soul of Tibet!
Price from $475
"No Tibet tour is complete without visiting Mount Everest"! This tour will help you realize that dream and discover from Lhasa, travels via the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse, to Mount Everest, and then back to Lhasa.
Price from $1,324
The large Inner Mongolia has various types of climate and weather at different regions. July to August and late September to early October are the peak season. Middle October to the next April is the low season. It is best to admire the verdant grassland from June to August with pleasant temperature and sunshine. Golden Ejin is most beautiful from late September to middle October. May, June and September is popular to enjoy the flowers at Great Khingan Forest and local festivals. And September to October is the best season for discovering deserts in Inner Mongolia. Naadam Fair is held during July to August.
In this best classic 5 days' trip, you'll see two kinds of totally different but symbolic landscapes in Inner Mongolia, by visiting Huitengxile Grassland and Xiangshawan Desert at Kubuqi and other top highlights of pleasant Hohhot City to have a brief close-up of Inner Mongolia bests for both nature and culture admiration!
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Best Hulunbuir tour to the Northeast Inner Mongolia! Visit Hulunbuir Grassland, the best preserved grassland in the world; get to the birthplace of Genghis Khan and immerse in the beautiful nature; transfer to the Sino-Russian Border Town - Manzhouli to know some folk customs. Wonderful places and wonderful time!
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Fujian is suitable to visit all year round. January to March and June to October are the peak season. March to May and September to December are best to visiting Fujian Tulou. Spring and autumn are more pleasant for Xiamen. It is warm to escape from the winter coldness. While, summer is sultry, and typhoon occurs more from June to August. But Wuyishan is pleasantly for cooling down in summer, and is idyllic in spring and autumn. For photographing of Xiapu mudflat, April to December is more recommended.
The most popular Fujian trip to discover all best sightseeing, culture and history of Fujian Province with great fun, including classic visit to Xiamen with Gulangyu, Fujian Tulou in Nanjing and Yongding and Wuyi Mountain with Jiuqu Stream rafting!
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Spend three leisure days and marvel at the essence of Xiamen, the Garden City on the Sea. You will not only visit the famous Gulangyu Island, but will also view the earth buildings in Nangjing County.
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When is the peak season to get the best highlights of the attractions and the low season to travel with less crowds and lower prices in China? That measures great for your planning of when to visit this vast country with many appealing places to go and also a large population. Check the detailed time and features of the tourist high season and low season in China below!
A. China’s National Holiday & Labor’s Day Holiday
The National Holiday in China is usually from October 1st to October 7th and is called the “Golden Weeks”. And the Labor’s Day Holiday is usually from May 1st to May 3rd but varies slightly according to the calender every year. The hard-to-get train ticket, over-priced flight and short-supplied hotels all lead to the inconvenience during these times. If you have to travel these times, make all your reservations well in advance or join in the group tour will be much easier. And try to avoid the first two days and the last days, the busiest times for transportation system.
B. China Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year)
The traditional new year for all Chinese people and the most important for family reunion at the end of the Chinese lunar year. So Spring Festival Travel Season, usually 40 days from late January to end February, is crowded with many people transferring back to their hometown from other cities. It is most crowded during the lunar December 29 to lunar January 7. tickets for flights, trains and buses are extremely hard to get. And as nowadays, many Chinese citizens spend their Spring Festival in some tourist areas, it is highly suggested not travel to China during this grand festival. However, if you are interested in feeling the traditional festive atmosphere, remember to book your tickets as early as possible. Some popular winter destinations may rise their prices.
C. China Summer Vacation
The summer vacation for students in China is usually from July to August, when many family groups take their student kids to travel to various tourist attractions across the vast country, particularly the top popular destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, etc. For the big crowds in the tourist area and long queue, you are recommend avoid traveling to China during this time. If you have to, choose some unusual and cool destination to escape from the travelers and summer heat.
What to wear also differs based on where to visit. For most mainland destinations in the north, east, south and west, the clothing are similar, particularly in spring, summer and autumn. Sunglasses, sunblock and lip balm are recommended in any season.
Spring & Autumn
Jackets, coats, sweaters, thin scarves, long sleeve shirts, jeans, long pants, travel shoes, socks, etc.
Light coats, T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, shorts, jeans, sandals, caps, rain wear, etc. Warm clothes, scarves, sports shoes are needed for cold places including Tibet, etc.
Overcoat, down jackets, cotton clothes, lined coats, sweaters, warm pants, warm socks, hats, scarves, gloves, etc. In very cold areas like Northern China, Tibet and Xinjiang, extremely warm clothes, a cap, and cotton-padded shoes are required.
With the high altitude, Tibet is a typical plateau with hug temperature gap in different areas, and April to October are the best months to visit with stunning nature and various local festivals, such as the Shoton Festival.
Before you go, make a full preparation to handle altitude stress. It is better to dress in layers with both thick and thin clothes, thus you can easily take on or off your clothes according to the frequently changed weather and climate.
Running through many cities and left most highlights along the southern China, Yangtze River is best for cruise in spring and autumn with most beautiful sightseeing. Also summer and winter are still attractive with different scenery and good discounts. Besides, you can discover the cruise port cities, like Chongqing, Yichang and Shanghai without a detour.
Beijing / Xian / Shanghai
Chengdu / Leshan / Emeishan / Xian / Beijing
Shanghai / Suzhou / Hangzhou / Huangshan
Hong Kong / Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai
Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Yangshuo / Shanghai
Beijing / Xian / Zhangjiajie / Guilin / Shanghai
Shanghai / Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing
Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Chengdu / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Shanghai
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